by Josh Morgan
Graphic by Al McLerpy
Dave Burd, known to most by his stage name, Lil Dicky, is a fascinating person. After finding success as a satirical rapper, Burd, a comedian at heart, wanted to expand his audience by starting a self-titled sitcom: Dave.
Dave is a very unique show, in the fact that Burd plays a fictional version of himself. Essentially, the show is about Lil Dicky’s music career, but it is fictionalized. Many of Burd’s close friends in real life also play fictional versions of themself on the show. Burd has also gotten a number of stars from the music industry to appear on the show, including YG, Trippie Redd, Gunna, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco, and more to come.
Burd’s surprisingly natural acting and comedic skill are what really pulls the show altogether. Throughout the show’s first season, which is ten episodes long, Burd finds humor in the rap industry, his Jewish heritage, and takes inspiration from real events in his life.
Airing on FX, Dave has had a lackluster live audience so far, with an average of 217,000 viewers per episode. However, the show has been a smash hit on streaming devices, such as Hulu, averaging a 2112% increase (yes, you read that correctly) of 4.8 million viewers per episode. The huge difference is most likely due to the show’s air time (10:00 PM PST), as well as the modern preference of streaming, but the success of the show makes it likely that it will be moved into a more premium slot in future seasons.
While a second season has yet to be confirmed and will be hard to confirm given the conditions that have arisen with the coronavirus, Dave has shocked many critics and allowed Lil Dicky to become a successful TV star.